With the creation or revision of over 100 marine protected areas (MPAs) in California since 2007, determining where MPA boundaries begin or end can be a challenge for the casual, infrequent angler and the seasoned mariner alike. Fortunately, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) produces a multitude of products to help everyone find their way while enjoying the State’s bounty of natural marine resources. Continue reading
At its April 8, 2015 meeting, the California Fish and Game Commission adopted a reduced two-fish recreational daily bag limit for Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) as well as new requirements for filleting tuna on vessels south of Point Conception. These regulation changes will conform to new federal regulations and become effective when published in the California Regulatory Notice Register this summer. CDFW anticipates that federal and state regulations will have the same effective date when the final federal rule is published. These recreational fishing regulation changes complement reductions in commercial catch allowances reached through international treaty agreement with the U.S. and other treaty nations. Continue reading
For over ten years, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has worked to improve the California Recreational Fisheries Survey (CRFS) to provide the best possible estimates for management of California’s marine recreational fisheries.
CRFS was implemented in 2004 and was built upon its predecessor, the Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey (MRFSS), which was conducted from 1980 to 2003. MRFSS was a groundbreaking survey of saltwater recreational fishing effort and catch in its time, but it did not always meet the needs of managing California’s dynamic fisheries. Continue reading
Throughout 2014, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE) engaged in deep-water habitat surveys off the California coast using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). MARE’s ROV Beagle was deployed twice in Southern California and once in northern California, kicking off an unprecedented three-year, statewide survey of marine protected areas (MPAs) and nearby, comparable rocky habitats. Continue reading
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is reviewing the regulations that govern the commercial harvest of marine algae along the California coast, primarily to improve clarity of the regulations and management policies.
Marine algae are important to nearshore ecosystems. They provide food and habitat for many marine animals, and biological services such as carbon dioxide absorption (during photosynthesis). In addition to their ecological importance, humans collect marine algae for a variety of uses. Native Americans historically and currently use marine algae Continue reading